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Documenting Detroit


January 8, 2013
In a discussion moderated by John Beardsley, Camilo José Vergara and Andrew Moore speak about contrasting visions of Detroit—that seen in art and on the internet and that of day-to-day life within the city.
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Blogging, Social Media, and Interior Design

INSIDE
November 20, 2012
Shelter magazines and television shows have provided millions of people a wealth of home design ideas for decades. Blogging and social media are the newest ways to communicate these ideas. Sites such as Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy and Pinterest provide an interface for discussing interior design with a virtual community. A panel of experts and design practioners discuss the evolution of this new form of communication and media.
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The Story of Green Building


September 20, 2010
Sustainable design requires a team approach. This includes architects, construction crew, engineers, developers and an engaged client. Over the last 12 months, staff at the National Building Museum documented a “green team” that created PNC Place, a building one block away from the White House that is aiming for Platinum LEED certification. Join curator Susan Piedmont-Palladino as she interviews a cast of characters that made this sustainable idea a reality.
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Palladio's Use of Ancient Roman Architecture


September 15, 2010
Charles Hind discusses how Palladio used the forms of ancient Rome to create a new architectural language for his day.

Photo credits:Elevation of a Doric-order palace façade, first half of the 1540s; Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), Courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Design for the Villa Pisani at Bagnolo: plan and elevation, c. 1542; Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), Courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Plan and elevation of a villa for two brothers, c. 1546; Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library.

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Why Palladio's Work Still Resonates


September 15, 2010
Howard Burns discusses Palladio’s systematic approach to architecture and the enduring appeal of his theories.
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A Curator's Favorites - Pt. 2


September 15, 2010
Exhibition co-curator Charles Hind details the fascinating and complicated history attached to one of the palace design drawings featured in Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey.

Photo credits: Design for a Palace, possibly the Palazzo Poiana, Vicenza, early 1540s; Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) and Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548–1616), courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library.

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What is Anglo Palladianism?


September 15, 2010
Charles Hind defines Anglo-Palladianism, the style that has come to signify Palladio’s enduring architectural legacy in England and the United States.
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Genius of the Villa Rotonda


September 15, 2010
Howard Burns reflects on the design of the Villa Rotonda (1566), one of Palladio’s defining—and most famous—buildings.

Photo credits: Villa Rotonda, ©Pino Guidolotti; Courtesy Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio. Model of the Villa Rotonda, 2010; Timothy Richards, Courtesy Workshop of Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Drawing of the Villa Rotonda; from Edward Hoppus and Benjamin Cole’s English edition of Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell'Achitetettura published as Andrea Palladio's Architecture (1732– 1735). Courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library.

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A Curator's Favorites - Pt. 1


September 15, 2010
Charles Hind describes a drawing that conveys Palladio's working style.

Photo credits: Architectural details from the Baths of Caracalla, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Hadrianeum, Rome, 1550s; Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library.

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Andrea Palladio, the Revolutionary


September 15, 2010
Howard Burns provides a sense of Palladio's unique background, persona, and approach to the field of architecture.

Photo credits: Conjectural portrait of Andrea Palladio, c.1715, engraved after Sebastiano Ricci (1659-1734); Courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library.

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The Significance of Palladio's Drawings


September 15, 2010
Charles Hind explains the influence and impact of Palladio’s drawings on the architecture of 17th and 18th century England.
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Palladio's Treatise


September 15, 2010
Charles Hind shares how Palladio's treatise redefined the nature of publishing architecture and how it positioned his work within the continuum of ancient Roman architecture.

Photo credits: Titlepage to Book I of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura (The Four Books on Architecture), 1570; courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Elevation of the Palazzo da Porto, Book Two, I Quattro Libri; courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Courtyard elevation of the Palazzo da Porto, Book Two, I Quattro Libri, courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Studies for the plates of the Pantheon, Book Four, I Quattro Libri, 1560s; courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Villa Cornaro, Book Two, I Quattro Libri, courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Villa Rotonda, Book Two, I Quattro Libri, courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Ionic order, Book One, I Quattro Libri, courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Elevation of the Vitruvian peripteral temple, Book Four, I Quattro Libri, courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library.

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The Double Portico in America


September 15, 2010
Charles Hind discusses some early American homes that were influenced by the designs of Andrea Palladio.

Photo credits: Model of Monticello I, 2010; Timothy Richards, Courtesy Workshop of Timothy Richards, Bath, England. Elevation of the courtyard front of Palazzo Antonini, Udine, c. 1565; Andrea Palladio (1508–1580) and Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548–1616), courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Drawing of the Villa Valmarana; from Giacomo Leoni’s English edition of Andrea Palladio's I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura, published as The Architecture of A. Palladio (1715–1720), courtesy RIBA British Architectural Library. Moss Neck Manor, near Fredicksburg, Virginia; courtesy Calder Loth. Drayton Hall, near Charleston, South Carolina; courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Shirley, near Charles City, Virginia; courtesy Calder Loth.

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On Exhibit: A Selection of Exhibitions from 1980-2010


June 30, 2010
Over the past 30 years, the National Building Museum has displayed more than 200 exhibitions. View the slideshow for an exploration of 40 of the Museum's outstanding home-grown exhibitions from 1980 through 2010.
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A Modernist Suburb


April 28, 2010
Architect John Burns, FAIA, and landscape architect Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, discuss the history, growth, and influence of Hollin Hills, a Modernist suburban development in Northern Virginia built in the middle of the last century. National Building Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos moderates.
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Greenovation

Sustainable Communities
September 10, 2009
Discover cutting-edge sustainable technologies and learn how these innovations are conceived, developed, and ultimately brought to the market. Panelists discuss moving green technologies from thought to reality.
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Deep-Energy Retrofits for Existing Homes

Building in the 21st Century
September 10, 2009
Betsy Pettit, AIA, president, Building Science Consulting, provides results from several cold-climate retrofits that addressed windows, insulation, equipment, and more.
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Spotlight on Design: Tom Kundig Interview

Spotlight on Design
July 23, 2009
In an interview and lecture, Tom Kundig, FAIA, winner of the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and the 2007 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, will discusses his work, including Hot Rod House and Chicken Point Cabin. Kundig is a principal of Seattle-based Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, the 2009 American Institute of Architects Firm of the Year.
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Graying Suburbs

Sustainable Communities
May 7, 2009
As America’s elderly population continues to grow, municipalities face new challenges of providing adequate services. Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, of the Georgia Institute of Technology and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, and Jeffery W. Anderzhon, FAIA, 2006 chair of AIA’s Design for Aging Advisory Board, discuss solutions to this upcoming demographic crisis. Elinor Ginzler, AARP’s senior vice president for Livable Communities, moderates.
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Beauty vs. Barricades

Charles H. Atherton Memorial Lecture
April 14, 2009
Robert Campbell, architectural critic for The Boston Globe, examines how to balance the need for security with accessibility, transparency, and aesthetics in D.C.’s built environment.
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Water Knows No Boundaries

Sustainable Communities
March 31, 2009
Panelists discuss practical solutions for cleaning up watersheds that cross multiple municipalities, with a specific focus on the 40-year effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
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Loop Audio Commentary

Detour: The Landscape of Travel on Film
February 11, 2009
Pre-film commentary from Deborah Sorensen and Ann Hornaday.
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Great Green Places: Dupont Circle

Great Green Places
February 11, 2009
Everyone can name great public places, such as parks, squares, and outdoor markets found in cities across the country. But what makes these places work? Why do people seek them out and congregate there in large groups? And what makes some of public spaces “greener?" In an effort to provide a “decoder ring” to reveal what makes these places so successful, the National Building Museum presents a series of mini-documentaries that identify the specific elements that help make Great Green Places.

In this first installment of Great Green Places take a tour of Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle.

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Schultze Gets the Blues Audio Commentary

Detour: The Landscape of Travel on Film
February 4, 2009
Pre-film commentary from Deborah Sorensen and Ann Hornaday.
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Robert Lautman: Remembering a Lifetime of Architecture on Film


February 3, 2009
In 2007, Washington’s dean of architectural photography, Robert Lautman, donated his photographic archives to the National Building Museum. In this special celebration, Lautman and Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos discussed his 60-year career capturing architecture on film.
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How to Spend a Trillion Dollars

Sustainable Communities
February 2, 2009
Ronald D. Utt, Ph.D., Herbert and Joyce Morgan senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Bill Millar, president, American Public Transportation Association, and moderator Dr. Jonathan L. Gifford, George Mason University School of Public Policy, debate the future of transportation in America.
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A Room With a View

Detour: The Landscape of Travel on Film
January 28, 2009
Detour: The Landscape of Travel on Film In this three-week series, Ann Hornaday, Washington Post film critic, and Deborah Sorensen, curatorial associate at the National Building Museum, introduce films featuring unexpected and powerful encounters with the natural world. In A Room With a View, a young Englishwoman tours Italy in the early 1900s and is transformed by its culture, the countryside...and her fellow travelers.
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A Room With a View Audio Commentary

Detour: The Landscape of Travel on Film
January 28, 2009
Pre-film commentary from Deborah Sorensen and Ann Hornaday.
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Sustainable Communities: Connecting Infrastructures and People to Protect the Environment

Building in the 21st Century
January 26, 2009
Dr. Woodrow Clark discussed his work developing “agile” energy systems, which generate energy for a cluster of buildings, such as a college campus, from local or on-site power while also tying to the central grid. To view the associated PowerPoint presentation go to: http://www.nationalbuildingmuseum.net/pdf/DoE12609_GreenCampusesNBM.pdf
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Green Community Exhibition Tour


December 29, 2008
Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator at the National Building Museum, narrates this tour of the Green Community exhibition and shows what makes a community green. A green community conserves its land, offers multiple transportation options, provides open spaces, and uses natural and cultural resources wisely. The Green Community presenting sponsor is the American Planning Association, the lead sponsor is American Public Transportation Association and the official media partner is McGraw Hill Construction. The National Building Museum's partner in sustainability is The Home Depot Foundation.


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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon


October 1, 2008
Produced for the Museum's "Green Community" exhibition, this film profiles the 2007 Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon challenges students to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. This film was produced for the Museum by Tangent Pictures.
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Investigating Where We Live Summer 2008


August 1, 2008
Investigating Where We Live (IWWL) is a summer program in which students interpret Washington, D.C. neighborhoods through photography and creative writing. Each summer, approximately 30 students explore neighborhoods and develop an exhibition to be on view at the Museum.

For four weeks in the Summer of 2008, students from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area used digital cameras to explore, document, and interpret the built environment in three D.C. neighborhoods: Brookland, Deanwood, and Stanton Park.

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The Moon is Blue

Bachelors, Secretaries, and Spies: Mid-century Style in American Film
February 6, 2008
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post film critic, and Deborah Sorensen, curatorial associate at the National Building Museum, introduce this film.
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David Macaulay at The Big Draw


June 23, 2007
David Macaulay leads Museum visitors in sketching exercises for fun and as a new way of seeing and responding to their surroundings during the 2007 Big Draw event.
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Tour of the Glidehouse


October 5, 2006
Designed by Michelle Kaufmann, the Glidehouse is a prefabricated, green house ready to go anywhere. Take this walk through the house and get a first-hand experience of what it might be like to live in a green house.
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Solar Century

Building in the 21st Century
April 18, 2004
Glenn Hamer, executive director of the Solar Energy Industries Association, discuses the history of the solar energy industry and its explosive recent growth, innovative residential and commercial projects, and the policies and practices that will make the sun one of the most important energy sources of the 21st century.
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